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ENB - Region 4 Notices 8/7/2013

Shandaken SPDES Semi-Annual Meeting

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) is pleased to announce that the next semi-annual public meeting, held per the Shandaken SPDES permit, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, 12013, at the Schoharie Watershed Office, 6049 Main Street, Tannersville NY. NYC DEP will discuss the progress of activities conducted pursuant to the SPDES permit.

The meeting is open to the public and public input is welcome.

For further information, please contact:

Kimberlee Kane
465 Columbia Avenue
Valhalla, NY 10595
Phone: (914) 773-4473
E-mail: kkane@dep.nyc.gov.

Negative Declaration; Notice of Public Information Session and Comment Period

Albany, Columbia, Greene and Rensselaer Counties - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Hudson River Estuary Habitat Restoration Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. Two (2) Public Information sessions will be held on September 18, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at the Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg, New York and on September 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Columbia Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Hudson, NY. Comments will be accepted on the Negative Declaration until September 30, 2013.

The action involves the adoption of the Hudson River Habitat Restoration Plan which identifies priority habitat types for restoration in the Hudson River estuary based on three (3) criteria: 1) habitats that are important to the overall health of the ecosystem; 2) habitats that have been degraded or destroyed on a large scale by human action; and 3) habitats for which there are existing feasible opportunities for restoration. The criteria resulted in four (4) priority habitats for restoration: 1) intertidal habitats; 2) shallow water habitats; 3) shorelines; and 4) tributary stream habitats. The plan identifies five (5) restoration actions intended to restore the four priority Hudson River habitats: 1) preserve existing estuary habitat; 2) restore side channels, including tidal wetlands, vegetated shallow waters, back waters and intertidal habitats; 3) promote and implement fish passage, dam removal and culvert right-sizing in tributaries; 4) promote and implement use of ecologically enhanced shoreline treatments; and 5) implement programs to control invasive plant species including preventing new introductions.

The plan is identified as a Type I action under SEQR consistent with 617.4(b)(1)- "the adoption by any agency of a comprehensive resource management plan". The plan will serve to set priorities and guide partnerships with state and federal agencies, municipalities and non-governmental organizations to restore habitats in the Hudson River estuary on an ecosystem scale, and will not have a significant adverse environmental impact on the estuary. Detailed site specific and restoration design information has not been developed. Individual projects implemented under the restoration plan will be subject to full permitting processes including SEQR review. The draft plan can be found at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4920.html.

The project is located in the Hudson River Estuary from Troy, New York to the Tappan Zee Bridge in the Counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, Westchester, Albany, Columbia, Greene and Rensselaer, New York.

Contact: Daniel Miller, NYS DEC - Hudson River Estuary Program, P.O. Box 315, Staatsburg, NY 12580, Phone: (845) 889-4745, E-mail: Hrep@dec.ny.gov.

Negative Declaration

Delaware County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Seward Sand and Gravel, Inc, Gillette Quarry will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant to operate an 8 acre life-of-mine sandstone mine, of which 6 acres is proposed to be affected during the initial permit term. Processing of product at the mine will be by portable equipment (crusher and screening) and blasting is proposed. Reclamation will be concurrent with mining and will return the site to grassland/agricultural crop field. The project is located on Stewart Road in the Town of Kortright, New York.

Contact: Martha A. Bellinger, NYS DEC - Region 4 Stamford Sub Office, 65561 State Highway 10, Stamford, NY 12167, Phone: (607) 652-7741.

Schenectady County - The Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Old Dominion Freight Lines Terminal Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the acquisition of approximately 12.5 acres of vacant land at the Site by Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. and a two phased project totaling 46,440 square feet at full build out. Phase one involves constructing a 31,760 square foot building containing 5,280 square foot office with a 74 door truck docking facility. Phase two adds another 20 doors and increases the building area by 9,400 square feet. The Site provides 279 parking spaces sufficient for employee parking, tractors, trailers and cars. The Project includes provisions for a storm water management system consisting of dry swales and an infiltration basin to accommodate the drainage from the impervious surface areas associated with the Project. Sanitary sewer services will be installed extending approximately 1,960 lineal feet east of the site along 7th Street. Water will be connected to the existing water system within the Park and provide both potable water and fire protection. The project is located on 7th Street, approximately 200 feet east of Ave Y in the Glenville Business and Technology Park in the Town of Glenville, New York.

Contact: Jayme B. Lahut, Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority, 433 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305, Phone: (518) 377-1109, E-mail: jlahut@schenectadymetroplex.org.

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